Tulip Color Combinations

I love spring. I love tulips and I love all the colors of spring flowers that can make a beautiful spring landscape. I have been collecting photos of some of the tulip color combinations I have seen around town so I can make a plan for my garden. I hope these photos give you a […]

Lavender Clippings

The “garden gals” visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho to learn about pruning lavender in the spring, Grosso lavender specifically. Donna gave us a quick demonstration using the electric pruners and if you have a lot of lavender, you will need the electric shears, too. But, if not, the long handled pruners will work as […]

March Rains bring April Flowers

Several times in the past 2 weeks, I have stopped to admire the tulips in my garden.  The flowers are larger, the leaves are larger, the stems are longer!  I know it’s not my imagination.  I remember some springs where a particular group of tulips near my sidewalk, barely bloomed- the size of a golf […]

Emerging spring plants

A beautiful plant in spring is (above) the glossy ornamental ginger. These plants require DEEP shade and moist soil. Can’t wait for the lillies of the valley (left) to bloom. They have a sweet fragrance and delicate little white flowers just right for a miniature vase. These are finally spreading- I have had them in […]

Bee at work on the crocuses

I just took this photo this AM, experimenting with a new camera.  This worker bee has been busy gathering pollen from the crocuses.  Notice his hairy back legs are full of pollen and he has collected some on his front legs as well.   The pollen is sometimes referred to as “bee-bread”, and when mixed with […]